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Despite its brutal and quite recent history, Rwanda has lifted itself up from the ground and has undergone an almost miraculous transformation since the occurrences of 1994 and now boasts unity, stability and a slowly growing bright future.

With bamboo forests, awe-striking volcanoes and mountains, gorillas roaming about its jungles, rich culture and dances and more, Rwanda is well-prepared to show how it has recovered in the past decade and is ready to show you what it has got to offer with arms wide open!

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Uganda and Rwanda Ultimate Gorilla Safari

An 8 day/ 7 night scheduled small group safari to Uganda and Rwanda. One of the most incredible wildlife experiences you will ever encounter awaits you ...
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£3065
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duration
8 days
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Gorilla Trekking Safari in Sabyinyo

Embark on a once in a lifetime wildlife adventure. Explore the densely forested slopes of the beautiful Virugas Volcanoes, where you will have close encounters with ...
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£4080
/ person
duration
5 days
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Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bisate

Have the incredible opportunity to witness Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in their natural habitat. Hike the beautiful forested slopes of the Virugus Volcanoes and gaze ...
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£7075
/ person
duration
5 days
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Gorilla Trekking Safari in Singita

Embark on a once in a lifetime adventure to explore the fascinating forested slopes of the Virugus Volcanoes in Rwanda. Here you can witness the beautiful ...
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£7290
/ person
duration
5 days

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Quick Facts

Name

Republic of Rwanda

Population

11 million

Capital

Kigali

Language

Kinyarwanda, French, English

Currency

Rwandan Franc (RWF)

Time Zone

UTC +2

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Climate

Rwanda boasts a temperate tropical highland climate. Temperatures vary very little throughout the year. Due to its high elevation, Rwanda’s temperatures are significantly lower than its neighbours, with daily temperatures ranging from 12°C to 27°C.

Culture

Rwandan culture is varied despite the size of the country. Throughout the area, you will find significant differences amongst people. However, we can safely state that music and dance is an integral part of the country’s heritage and acts as they key element of festivities, gatherings and ceremonies in Rwanda. A traditional dance is intore, a choreographed routine consisting of ballet performed by women, the “dance of heroes”, performed by men and most importantly: drums.

Another important aspect of Rwandan culture are its traditional arts and crafts, which are meant to serve a purpose rather than being merely a decoration. Woven baskets are a perfect example of this and you can easily find one to take back home!

Gastronomy

Rwandan cuisine is made up of bananas, pulses, sweet potatoes, and cassava. Meat in Rwanda is not too common and most locals do not eat meat too often, with it being consumed once or twice a month only. The lack of meat in their diet dates back to centuries ago, particularly referenced to the Twa and Hutus people’s diet was high in vegetables and lacked animal protein.

Ugali is a national dish and is a paste made from corn and water that creates a consistency similar to porridge. Matoke is another staple dish, made from baked plantains. Isombe, another very recognized dish is Isombe, made from mashed cassava leaves and served with dried fish.

Transportation

By Mototaxi and Bicycle Taxi
These are one of the most common ways of transportation in Rwanda and is also rather inexpensive. Make sure to always discuss the price before the ride with the driver, who will most likely speak English and/or French.

By Taxi
Taxis are not too common in Rwanda and can be rather pricey. The way to get a taxi in Rwanda is by calling one on the street or waiting at assigned taxi stops.

By Matatu
For longer distances, you can travel by Matatu, white minibuses. Keep in mind these are often crammed with people… and chickens.

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